Platform Computing Ships Application-Centric Private Cloud Management

Platform Computing has released to general availability its Platform ISF 2.1, its latest software for comprehensive build and management of enterprise virtualization and private cloud projects.  The Platform ISF application-centric approach takes users from dev/test to production-ready application clouds in as soon as 30 days.

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platform_isfstackPlatform Computing has released to general availability its Platform ISF 2.1, its latest software for comprehensive build and management of enterprise virtualization and private cloud projects.  The Platform ISF application-centric approach takes users from dev/test to production-ready application clouds in as soon as 30 days.


The company’s Platform ISF cloud management software aims to help enterprise IT transform its internal data centers into agile and cost effective private clouds.  Using an application-centric approach, ISF automates the self-service assembly and runtime management of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) up to complex multi-tier applications on top of shared heterogeneous resource pools.


Platform ISF is designed to help companies eliminate over-provisioning of infrastructure to meet peak demand, resulting in lower capital and operating expenses and higher utilization.  Further, it automatically allows companies to provision application environments, as well as place workloads on the appropriate systems to meet SLAs in a  timely and cost-effective manner.


The updated Platform ISF lets customers support multi-tier applications as well as provision infrastructure and platform as services.

 

Platform ISF 2.1 added features include:

  • A “single cloud pane” to unify operational management and consolidate SLAs across applications into one IT administrator view for both virtual and physical environments
  • Enhanced end-user portals, including drag-and-drop portlet-based dashboards, customizable application instantiation pages and logos and summary graphs
  • Self-service hierarchical account and resource management, including Active Directory for more than 10,000 users. This supports an infinite number of organizational tiers. It also enables self-service and chargeback, policy-based automated provisioning of applications
  • Dynamic scaling of applications to meet SLAs (Service Level Agreements) and unification of distributed and mixed-vendor resource pools for sharing
  • Improved external cloud bursting to Amazon EC2, including VPC; and
  • Updated out-of-the-box definitions for Hadoop, JBoss, Tomcat, WebSphere and other  multi-tier application environments. 

As an open, end-to-end solution, Platform ISF allows companies to benefit from the cloud, not stitch it together across multiple vendors like a systems integrator

Jay Muelhoefer
Vice President
Enterprise Marketing
Platform Computing

 
“Platform ISF is the best alternative to vertically integrated big vendor stacks or virtualization silos,” said Jay Muelhoefer, VP Enterprise Marketing, Platform Computing, in a statement. “As an open, end-to-end solution, Platform ISF allows companies to benefit from the cloud, not stitch it together across multiple vendors like a systems integrator.”

Platform ISF also automates the delivery of complex enterprise infrastructure and production applications across heterogeneous virtual, physical and public cloud environments, Muelhoefer added. By capturing corporate standards and business policies within the automation engine, companies improve compliance and security. 

Platform ISF 2.1 also provides as well as enhanced business policy driven automation for both green energy and high availability across multiple data centers, Muelhoefer added.


As a core cloud management platform, ISF is architected to provide IT admins a single platform to support all components and phases of the dev/test-to-provisioning application lifecycle, including :

  • Infrastructure to Applications – supports IaaS, a customer’s own PaaS, Applications, and instance-specific SaaS
  • Dev / Test to Production – define service templates for simple to complex multi-tier applications that supports the entire application lifecycle
  • Allocation and Runtime Management – both the allocation of the environment and the dynamic flexing according to changing workload levels and SLA requirements

 




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